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2018 Field Staff

2018 Field Staff (Click Name for Bio)

Barrett Kleinknecht Manager  
Barrett Kleinknecht will manage the D-Braves for their 25th anniversary season in 2018. Kleinknecht spent the 2017 season, his first as a coach in the Braves organization, at the helm of a Gulf Coast League Braves team that posted a 31-28 record and finished second in the GCL Northeast. Kleinknecht, a resident of Florence, S.C., played for the D-Braves in 2010 after being drafted by the Braves in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Kleinknecht's minor league career spanned six seasons from 2010 to 2015, with stops at each level of the Braves' farm system except the GCL. He played in 516 games and posted a career batting average of .239 with 37 home runs and 192 RBI. Kleinknecht retired after the conclusion of the 2016 minor league spring training season and spent the 2016 season working as a coach with the Braves' Single-A affiliate in Rome.



Kanekoa Texeira Pitching Coach  
Kanekoa Texeira returns to Danville in 2018 for his second consecutive season as the D-Braves pitching coach. Texeira made his professional debut in the Appalachian League with the Bristol White Sox in 2006 and went on to play parts of two seasons in the majors in 2010 and 2011 with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. Texeira spent the final three seasons of his playing career in the Braves organization with Triple-A Gwinnett from 2014 to 2016. He played in 49 major league games and 297 minor league contests during a playing career that spanned 11 seasons.



Barbaro Garbey Hitting Coach    
Barbaro Garbey will continue his second stint in Danville in 2018 as the D-Braves hitting coach, a position he held in 2017 as well. Garbey spent 2016 as a coach with Double-A Mississippi and was with the D-Braves back in 2014. Garbey won the World Series as a player with the Detroit Tigers in 1984; he played three seasons in the majors, two with Detroit (1984, 1985) and one with Texas (1988). 2018 will mark Garbey's fifth season coaching in the Braves organization and his second in a full-time role.



TBD Strength & Conditioning Coach  


Drew Garner Athletic Trainer  
Athletic trainer Drew Garner will join the D-Braves staff after spending 2017 with the GCL Braves. 2018 will mark Garner's second season in the Braves organization; he spent the 2016 season as an athletic training intern with the Chicago Cubs.